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The Pettis County Commission wants to increase professionalism in the courthouse with the addition of a human resources officer.

“Because of the growth of the county, we feel we need to bring a more professional approach to our employees”, said Commissioner Rod Lindemann.

For the 135 full-time county employees, the addition of a human resources officer likely will have no immediate impact, but as employees need assistance with health insurance, benefit packages or balancing overtime, compensatory time, vacations and days off, there will be a person to whom they can turn.

Currently each elected county department head oversees salaries and scheduling for his or her employees within parameters of the commissioners. Uniformity throughout the county’s employee management system is one goal of the human resources officer.

“Times have changed,” Commissioner Rusty Kahrs said. “We are upgrading in the personnel area as we are in every other area of county government. There is not nearly as much turnover in employees in most departments now as in previous years. We want to keep them happy.”

The person selected as Pettis County human resources officer will work under the direction of Pettis County Clerk Pam Doane.

“We have had a lot of trouble over the years keeping payroll people,” Doane said. “We are looking for someone who is familiar with labor laws and insurance programs, but also a person who can pitch in and help in the clerk’s office during election season.”

Doane said the salary range for the human resources officer in Pettis County — from $24,000 to $35,000 based on experience — is competitive with other county governments in the region.

“They have an HR person in Saline and in Johnson counties,” Doane said. “Many county governments are going to HR people because there is so much to do in addition to payroll, like making sure we stay in compliance with labor laws.”

Doane expects to advertise the position soon, but has no target date to hire.

“It will depend on how many applicants we get and how long it takes to do the interview process,” she said.

The commission also:

•Tabled until Thursday consideration of for upkeep and repair of a 2004 LeeBoy model L300 force feed loader for road and bridge work.

•Approved an agreement between Pettis County and Pettis County Community Partnership.

•Reappointed Kahrs to the Sedalia/Pettis County Development Corp.

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